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Textures and Microstructures
Volume 32, Issue 1-4, Pages 221-233

3-Dimensional Structure-Imitation Model of Evolution of Microstructure of Powder Body During Sintering

Urals State Technical University-UPI, 19 Mira Street, Ekaterinburg 620002, Russia

Accepted 28 September 1997

Copyright © 1999 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper describes a 3D structure-imitation computer model of evolution of the powder compact during sinteringand recrystallization without nucleation. At the initial stages of the evolution processes (sintering until a mosaic structure of boundaries is formed) the model particles are spheres, and two-particle interaction laws control their evolution. During sintering the degree of mutual penetration of the particles increases, regions where spherical particles are wholly facetted by contacts with neighboring particles are formed and grow. These particles are described using the formalism of Voronoi radical polyhedra, and grain growth laws govern their evolution. The model predicts the time dependencies of the following structure parameters of the polyhedra: average polyhedron size and dispersion, total surface of the facets of the polyhedra and total lenght of the edges of the polyhedra.